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Caught wind of a role with another firm that I most certainly want to attain. However, the firm hasn’t posted the position publicly. They have engaged a large global recruitment firm which is presently under contract with my current firm on a global level. This prevents them from including me.

Are there ways around this? If I drop my resume directly on the firm’s site can I then be included? Or go direct to hiring manager?

I have had no contact with the recruiter.

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    What is stopping you from directly applying to the role, bypassing the recruiting firm?
    – Jishan
    Commented Mar 15 at 1:41
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    I don't know of any company that will refuse to look at an application that didn't come in from the recruiter. Any exclusivity is just that the company won't actively hire other recruiters.
    – keshlam
    Commented Mar 15 at 2:50
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    Location might help on this question as well. If the role is available in the US, they may be legally required to post it internally. Commented Mar 15 at 20:11
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    Your question states "role in my firm". It is not clear what the situation is.
    – Helena
    Commented Mar 17 at 17:23
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    This was incorrectly edited by someone
    – Question
    Commented Mar 18 at 12:55

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Inform the hiring manager of your interest in the position and ask how you can apply for it. You can move forwards from the response. But don't bypass them, they can potentially work in your favour.

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  • Not necessarily the best idea, although it is the most obvious one; The firm has not notified internally or publicly posted this position - probably with good reason - but turned to a global recruiter, Firm may have a reason for seeking outside talent specifically - not uncommon.
    – Vector
    Commented Mar 17 at 17:43
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  • Are there ways around this? If I drop my resume directly on the firm’s site can I then be included?

I don't think you have anything to lose by doing so, assuming the recuiter's posting has not explicitly stated that employees from your firm need not apply. It might even be a good idea - "Hey - this employee is right in your firm- why not use him?" - help the recruiter as well as yourself.

  • Or go direct to hiring manager?

Maybe not such a good idea without doing more investigation: Since your firm has not notified internally or publicly posted this position but turned to a global recruiter, they may have a reason for seeking outside talent specifically - not uncommon:

  • Often a firm wants 'new blood'. Perhaps they believe their current stuff is stuck in a rut;
  • Perhaps there is someone new in the high command who has a different idea of how to do things and they are seeking new people that can carry out those ideas without any 'baggage' from within the firm;
  • Perhaps there are financial considerations and they'd prefer to hire someone who will demand less $ than the current staff is accustomed to getting for such a position, etc, etc, etc...

In a large firm, 'corporate politics' are complex and volatile. You may make your chances worse and/or be viewed as meddlesome by taking such a step. Having suffered through such situations myself, I speak from experience, not from mere conjecture.

Your firm has not notified internally or publicly posted this position, but turned to a global recruiter. There may be a good reason for that - 'more than meets the eye'.

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    I would contact the hiring manager and ask them the best way to apply. I don't see a problem with asking that, so long as you don't act like you expect preferential treatment.
    – mhwombat
    Commented Mar 15 at 22:51
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    Don't go to the 3rd party recruiter. Go to the hiring manager instead (you may be able to save your company some money if you do that). If the hiring manager refers you to the recruiter, that's fine too. Then state in your communication with the recruiter that the hiring manager told you to contact them about this position. If you're able to say this to the recruiter, then I can guarantee you the the recruiter won't screen your resume out. No one wants to be accused of losing a resume, or screening out a candidate, that a hiring manager might want to hire. Commented Mar 16 at 0:00
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    I would upvote either of these comments if posted as an answer.
    – mxyzplk
    Commented Mar 16 at 0:32
  • Can you explain more about the not uncommon reason for seeking outside talent? And why can't they just say "sorry, you'll need to contact the outside recruiter" in that case? The risk of being seen as "meddlesome" seems minimal to me. Commented Mar 17 at 18:40
  • @mattfreake - see revised answer, where I elaborate on your point.
    – Vector
    Commented Mar 18 at 3:03

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